Bryce Canyon NP announces 2017-2018 Winter Operations

Come enjoy the wintertime at Bryce Canyon, as the landscape is transformed, and some of its most striking vistas are on display. During the winter season, some facilities and amenities will be closed or have their operating hours reduced. The park Visitor Center and Bookstore will be open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning October 1st and change to winter hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning November 5th. Thursday, November 23rd and Sunday, December 25th are the only days that the park Visitor Center will remain closed for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Though some will close earlier, all concession services will be closed from January 2nd through March 1st, 2018.


Beginning Monday, September 25th, Bryce Canyon Shuttle will transition to its fall schedule, providing service beginning at 8:00 a.m. until the final outbound bus from the park departs the Visitor Center at 6:15 p.m. Shuttle service will continue in the park through October 29th. Also on September 25th, Valhalla Pizzeria will begin its fall hours of 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Their menu will continue to include pizzas, salads, and a variety of beverages for lunch and dinner, but will no longer include breakfast and coffee. Valhalla Pizzeria will close for the season on Sunday, October 8th and reopen on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018.


On November 5th at 11:00 a.m., the Lodge at Bryce Canyon and the Sunrise Hotel unit will close for the season. Both facilities will reopen on March 23rd, 2018. Lodging rates at the Sunset Hotel will be discounted beginning in November until it closes for the season on January 1st, 2018, and will continue to be discounted after it reopens on March 2nd until March 22nd, 2018. Visit or call 877-386-4383 for lodging rates and availability.


The General Store at Sunrise Point will provide limited breakfast, lunch, and early dinner options to park visitors from November 5th until it closes on January 1st, 2018, and again after it reopens on March 2nd through March 22nd, 2018. The General Store will also offer restrooms and public shower facilities during this time.


North Campground Loop A will also remain open for the winter season, but loops B-D, Sunset Campground, and the North Campground dump station will close in mid-October or earlier if overnight temperatures drop dramatically.


The final day for horseback and mule rides operated by Canyon Trail Rides will be October 31st, unless weather dictates an earlier closing.


Bryce Canyon National Park’s main road will remain open but will be subject to temporary road closures following heavy snowfall, while the Fairyland Point and Paria View roads will be closed to vehicular traffic and left un-plowed for cross-country skiers and snowshoeing.  Cross-country skiing is permitted above the canyon rim, however no skiing, snowboarding or other sliding is allowed below the rim.  Hikers are encouraged to prepare by dressing warmly and hiking with snowshoes or under-boot traction devices. Those planning hikes below the rim are encouraged to check with the Visitor Center for weather updates.


Additional information can be obtained at or by calling the park’s information line at (435) 834-5322.


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